There are 5 Pro-Vice-Chancellors at the University of Cambridge. Their role is to work in partnership with senior administrators to help drive strategy and policy development.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellors also support the Vice-Chancellor in providing academic leadership to the University.

Professor Bhaskar Vira FAcSS

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education

Vira Bhaskar.

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About Bhaskar

Professor Bhaskar Vira FAcSS is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, and Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Geography, a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, and an Honorary Fellow of St John's College.

Professor Kamal Munir

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for University Community and Engagement

Kamal Munir.

Email address:
Telephone: (3)39655

About Kamal

Professor Kamal Munir is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for University Community and Engagement, and Professor of Strategy and Policy. He is a Fellow of Homerton College, Cambridge and Academic Director of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy.

Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith CBE FRS, FMedSci

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and International Partnerships

Anne Ferguson-Smith.

Email address:
Telephone: (7)65694

About Anne

Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and International Partnerships at the University of Cambridge. She is the Arthur Balfour Professor of Genetics, President of the Genetics Society and a member of the UKRI BBSRC Council. She is a Fellow of Darwin College.

Professor David Cardwell FREng

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Strategy and Planning

David Cardwell.

Email address:
Telephone: (7)65695

About David

Professor David Cardwell FREng is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Strategy and Planning. He is Professor of Superconducting Engineering and was previously Head of the Department of Engineering. He founded the Cambridge Bulk Superconductivity Research Group on the processing and applications of bulk high temperature superconductors, which can be used to generate very high magnetic fields, including the world record field on 17.6 T in a bulk superconductor set in 2014.

Dr Diarmuid O’Brien

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Innovation

Diarmuid O’Brien.

Email address:
Telephone: (3)39664

About Diarmuid

Dr Diarmuid O’Brien is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Innovation. He is also a Bye-Fellow at Emmanuel College.

Diarmuid is also acting as the Chief Executive of Cambridge Enterprise. This company exists to support the University's innovators, experts and entrepreneurs. It helps them to make their ideas more commercially successful.


Executive Assistant team

Name Job title Telephone Email address

Elaine Mortimer

Operations Manager (GCD)


Victoria Hall

Executive Assistant Team Leader (7)61451

Amara Howell

Executive Assistant to Professor Bhaskar Vira

Nicola Gillam

Executive Assistant to Professor David Cardwell (7)60421

Victoria Hall

Team Leader & Executive Assistant to Professor Kamal Munir (7)61451

Teresa Wiseman

Executive Assistant to Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith (7)64996


Executive Assistant to Dr Diarmuid O’Brien (7)65014